Math majors have included professional athletes, actors, writers (including the author of the original Dracula), not just students in white shirts and nerdy glasses. Here is a list of a few famous ones.
Harry Blackmun - Supreme Court Justice
Ahmed Chalabi ~ controversial Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister, has a PhD in mathematics from the University of Chicago
Lewis Carroll (AKA Charles Dodgson) ~ author of Alice’s adventures in wonderland and Through the looking glass, was a mathematician and logician who taught at Christ Church College Oxford. He was the author of a number of books on mathematics.
Danny Glover ~ This actor, well-known with his buddy movies with Mel Gibson, has a degree in Statistics and worked as a statistician.
Stephen Sondheim ~ Maybe his ability to write songs with perfect melody has to do with being a math major.
Art Garfunkel ~ Paul Simon’s long-time collaborator, has a masters degree in mathematics from Columbia University (he left the PhD program to pursue his musical career)
Philip Glass ~ American composer, studied mathematics and philosophy at the University of Chicago
Michael Jordan ~ basketball superstar, majored in mathematics until his junior year
Danica McKellar ~ actress best known for playing Winnie Cooper on The Wonder Years, graduated summa cum laude in mathematics from UCLA. She is the author of the best-selling books Math Doesn’t Suck, and Kiss My Math
William J. Perry ~ Secretary of Defense under Bill Clinton, received a PhD in mathematics from Penn State University (and a BA and MA from Stanford University, with George Pólya as his thesis advisor)
David Robinson ~ famous basketball player, nicknamed “The Admiral,” has a BS in mathematics from US Naval Academy
Frank Ryan ~ quarterback who led the Cleveland Browns to the 1964 NFL title, had a PhD in mathematics from Rice University
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn ~ Nobel Prize-wining author of The Gulag Archipelago, had a degree in mathematics and physics from the University of Rostov
Bram Stoker ~ author of Dracula, received honors in mathematics from Trinity college, Dublin